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DAVID ROSMAN: Tom Schweich's death must be a wake-up call

Something must be done about the lack of mental health professionals to handle an increasing number of successful and attempted suicides in the state.

GUEST COMMENTARY: New federal food guidelines are a bold move

“A healthy dietary pattern,” a draft from the Department of Health and Human Services says flat out, is “lower in red and processed meat” and “low in sugar-sweetened foods and drinks and refined grains.”

EDITORIAL: Remembering Tom Schweich, 1960-2015

He believed in honesty, integrity and good government. He may not have looked like a giant, but he might have become one.

DEAR READER: Linguistic malfeasance in the shortest month

Although a mere 28 days, the month of February was filled with lessons about linguistics.

EDITORIAL: Missouri women shouldn't let mixed signals take away from real problems

Wage discrepancies, a dearth of child care centers, higher poverty rates and a lack of adequate health insurance are all issues that affect Missouri women.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Executing mentally incompetent killer is pointless

Mr. Clayton may not realize what he is facing or what he is experiencing at the time of his execution, but we will and we are not mentally or morally incompetent.

GEORGE KENNEDY: City still struggling to address strain on basic services

Currently there's a dispute over whether to create a "blue ribbon commission" to take another look at our future needs for such basics of modern civilization as adequate sewers, potable water, electricity to power our computers and reasonably smooth roads.

EDITORIAL: Popular Conservation Department in legislative cross-hairs

We're not sure why Missouri lawmakers would want to intrude upon one of the most successful operations in our state. In fact, the model used for the Missouri Department of Conservation is considered one of the best in the nation.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Fuel taxes back on the table in Missouri legislature

A fuel tax, unlike sales taxes, is a fair and economically sound way of funding roads.

EDITORIAL: High price of America's policy against ransom payments to terrorists

Kayla Mueller's family has a hard time accepting the policy, but paying ransom money to terrorists will only serve to make it exponentially more dangerous for everyone.

EDITORIAL: If facts mattered, Medicaid would be a slam dunk in Missouri

A report prepared by Deloitte Consulting found that everything promised by Medicaid expansion proponents in Kentucky has come true. The same thing has happened in most of the 28 states that, unlike Missouri, have expanded Medicaid.

 

EDITORIAL: 'Impoverished' Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder seeks a per diem

Kinder has asked lawmakers to give him a daily expense allowance to offset his “gradual impoverishment.” He makes $86,000 a year and maintains two homes.

DAVID ROSMAN: Missouri is ready to put a cap on payday loans

HB 820 would cap the interest rate on payday loans at 36 percent annually.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Scott Walker gets a few lessons on pre-campaign trail

In London, the governor of Wisconsin and Republican presidential hopeful wanted to talk about cheese, but his audience wanted to talk about sticky topics.

GUEST COMMENTARY: If your armed neighbor is angry, move

What kind of country do we live in, where it’s legal for a man to bring a weapon to a noise complaint? Or a parking dispute?

EDITORIAL: Most voters want government to cut spending

So deep is American support for government to rein in spending that even boosters of the military, a traditionally strong area, do not come through unscathed.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Some leaders take climate concern more seriously than others

Polls show that the American people — including a majority of Republican voters — overwhelmingly want the government to take climate action and promote clean energy.

EDITORIAL: Stingy legislators strike again with petty bills

HB 129 would charge inmates to visit the infirmary. Since the state pays a flat fee to medical providers, this won't save any money.

EDITORIAL: Missouri highways a wreck waiting to happen

There may not be enough state money to qualify for Missouri’s share of federal highway funds, which means the federal gasoline taxes Missourians pay at the pump will end up going to other states.

EDITORIAL: Packing heat on campus — so many things could go wrong

Gun advocates have identified a new scene where bans on firearms must be lifted: college campuses, but the idea has deadly potential.

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